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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2019 10:11 p.m. PST

"The army of Frederick the Great of Prussia is generally known as an efficient fighting machine based on brutal and strict drill procedures that led to broken but fearless soldiers as well as glorious battle victories. In analysing the mentalities of the men who established Prussia's great power status, Prussian Army Soldiers and the Seven Years' War fundamentally challenges this interpretation.

Drawing on a vast array of primary sources (including the writing of regimental chaplain Küster, who could probably be called the first modern military psychologist) and presenting the first English translation of 12 letters of common Prussian soldiers from the Seven Years' War, this book shows that the soldiers were feeling individuals. They were loving husbands, vulnerable little brothers, deeply religious preachers, and sometimes even bold adventurers. All these individuals, however, were united by one idea which made them fight efficiently: honour…"
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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Dec 2019 10:37 p.m. PST

Interesting book, but rather expensive.

14Bore13 Dec 2019 10:11 a.m. PST

Thought the same

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2019 11:41 a.m. PST



Snowcat13 Dec 2019 4:51 p.m. PST

That actually sounds like a really interesting book to have. On Book Depository it's even more expensive at AUD$172 (with free shipping) which means no-sale right now, but might be worth keeping an eye on.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2019 11:54 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend! (smile)


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2019 3:10 p.m. PST

A Review here…



Osterreicher23 Dec 2019 10:00 a.m. PST

I received my copy two days ago, and am very impressed by the scholarship, especially the breath of sources cited. I've got some good ideas for follow books to locate, especially on recent research on Ulrich Braeker.

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